Chemical Operators are cross-trained in areas of the manufacturing process. The selected candidates will have a strong work ethic, be safety conscious, display strong attention to detail, be adaptable, have good communication skills and be able to work in a team based environment.
The successful candidate will safely and efficiently operate all equipment necessary to manufacture atmospheric emulsions, reactor batches, solvent-based formulations, pilot batches, and cold-blend products.
This position is also responsible for performing quality control testing, product packaging and loading / unloading finished good or raw material bulk tankers when necessary.
This allows the Chemical Operator to effectively own the entire manufacturing process, from loading the raw materials to the final approval of finished goods.
Additionally, Chemical Operators are entrusted to make formula adjustments when necessary based on their testing to provide quality finished goods.
Throughout the manufacturing process, the Chemical Operator is trained to react properly to variations in process, equipment failures or condition changes while being trusted to make the necessary changes in approach to ensure success without requiring additional support from management. Primary Responsibilities
Communicate with Production Supervisors regarding safety, production, quality, or any other operational issues
Manufacture batches in accordance with all safety, quality, and efficiency standards by following work orders and verbal directions
Follow procedures to safely and efficiently operate reactors, emulsion kettles, cowles mixers, homogenizers, heat exchangers, pumps, filtration devices, automated packing stations, forklifts, and other equipment related to the manufacturing of chemicals
Use equipment and instrumentation to monitor pressure, temperature, and other hazardous conditions
Wear proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) as mandated in procedures and SDS’s
Load and unload bulk tankers and drum trucks while properly completing related paperwork
Perform required calibrations on equipment in accordance to ISO procedures
Ensure accurate documentation and inventory accuracy in accordance to established doctrine
Maintain clean work areas in accordance with plant housekeeping requirements
Assist in the manufacture of new products and establishing procedures
Assist in the prevention of quality problems and the establishment of solutions for existing issues
Complete required preventive maintenance per PM system requirements
Correct packaging of finished goods into pails, drums, totes, or bulk tankers as directed by instructions found on work orders
Ensure compliance with established good manufacturing practices
Perform quality control testing and adjust batches to ensure specifications are met through water adjustments, debugs, reheats, etc.
Ability to work overtime and weekends when required
Climb stairs, stand for extended periods of time, and safely lift up to 55 lbs
Able to physical maneuver drums up to 600lbs on to and off a pallet
Drag and stow hoses that can weigh up to 35 lbs
Frequent bending, lifting and ascending / descending stairs and step ladders
Constant standing during the shift
Wear required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for extended periods of time
Able to operate forklift safely
Pass agility, drug and pulmonary function tests and physical exam
Show proficiency in the operation of all necessary equipment
Critical Competencies, Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Ability to work in a safe and controlled environment
Willingness to work in a team based environment
Ability to think independently and handle tasks from initiation to completion
Proven ability to follow procedures and handle multiple tasks, effecting a positive outcome
Ability to adapt to changing demands and to react positively to verbal instructions given
Use all equipment safely and ensure safe operation of equipment by co-workers
Desire to work hard and be dependable
Basic understanding of computers
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Basic math skills and mechanical aptitude
Basic knowledge of controls equipment including flow meters, level sensors and pressure sensors
Excellent troubleshooting skills
Education and Experience
High school Diploma or GED required
0-1 years of experience in a chemical batch manufacturing environment
Forklift experience a plus